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Silkscreen – is it really that simple?

A silkscreen contains human- and machine-readable marks on the surface of a PCB that indicates PCB components’ positions and polarity,…

Ensuring PCB design is ready for manufacturing

Skydiving without a parachute – how to enable exchange of manufacturing process requirements

On an August evening in the sky above a California desert, a skydiver leaped from the safety of an airplane…

PCB design tweaks by manufacturers

How to Take Control and Reduce PCB Design Tweaking

In the realm of PCB fabrication, it is commonplace for manufacturers to “tweak” board designs provided by designers in order…

Right-first-time PCB manufacturing

Right the first time

Shift left – Shift Right (1st part out of two) In 1887 the great city of Chicago in response to…

Gerber fabrication drawing

Should You Really Trust Gerber?

The Gerber data transfer format has been serving the PCB manufacturing industry for decades, and the Extended Gerber standard (also…

Data safety in PCBflow

How the PCBflow platform keeps your data safe

A look at how PCBflow keeps your board design and manufacturing capability files secure

PCB Aspect Ratio – how do you know your board is manufacturable?

A majority of PCB fabricators proudly publish their aspect ratio production capability. Some even go further and publish their maximum…

Connecting PCB developers to fabricators to saving them time and money; the Nistec experience

Siemens’ collaboration space for connects electronics designers and manufacturers to shorten the design-to-production process

PCB solder mask clearance and coverage

Solder Mask Coverage Violations and how to prevent them

During my years in the PCB pre-production world, I’ve seen the challenge of preparing design data for production in a…

4 less obvious PCB DFM violations

The PCB design blogosphere is filled with articles listing rules of thumb to ensure your PCB layout is designed for…